It’s Time To Enjoy Life Again
Isn’t it time to enjoy life again? When we get comfortable with what we’re doing and we stop challenging ourselves, thoughts or actions – we become paralysed. We feel like we have become stuck in a rut.
And that’s when we start the feeling that something is missing or that we are missing out.
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Welcome to *Shiny Object Syndrome.
You start *page-sucking on Facebook, You read numerous Blog Posts and articles believing that you are doing “research”. You write out your “to-do” list and it’s a mile long, so you end up avoiding all of the tasks on it.
At the end of the day, you have achieved nothing.
Does this sound like you?
Don’t you want to get out there and actually enjoy life again?
Here are my 5 favourite ways to enjoy life again when I find myself stuck in a rut.
1. Change ONE Daily Habit
It’s possible that you’re just suffering from boredom. Often, just altering your habits is all you will need to do to get out of that rut and start enjoying life again.
For example, if you’re used to having lunch at your desk, or skipping lunch altogether, step away and enjoy a change of scenery. Take your lunch outdoors. Or take a walk right after lunch instead of going straight back to the office.
All you need to do is change just one daily habit TODAY.
2. Make New Connections
If you are an entrepreneur who works from your own home office, it can be difficult to find real connections. Online connections are great but sometimes they don’t feel real and aren’t as satisfying as face to face conversation.
It’s time to make new friends who don’t live inside your computer. New connections and new conversations can be incredibly inspiring. You will no longer feel like something is missing.
Or, why not call up a few of your closest friends and organise a get-together. It doesn’t have to be anything too elaborate. Why not get together for a picnic, or a day out at the beach or an easy bush-walk. Stepping outside and away from technology gives you the chance to reconnect.
3. Reconnect With YOU
Think back to when you were a child.
What did you enjoy doing? Maybe it was crafts, or horse riding, or even scrapbooking.
What was your favourite pastime? Perhaps you liked to chill in a quiet space with a good book, or go for a bike ride.
Why did you stop?
Whatever you were enjoying back then, you might still enjoy today. Whenever I feel that something is missing, I am always guided back to the outdoors. My entire childhood was made up of outdoor adventures – horse riding, bush walking, swimming, cycling, running and more. I find that being outdoors still truly invigorates and motivates me.
Find something you enjoy and take the time to experience it daily if possible.
4. Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
Maybe it’s time to try something new. Stepping away from what is comfortable for you can be challenging but is necessary for personal growth. Fear of change is what stops us from making new choices. Or perhaps it’s the fear of failure that’s holding us back and enjoying life again.
Why not start by taking a short course? Learning a new skill can be extremely satisfying. Your new learning program doesn’t have to be work related. Perhaps you’ve always wanted to learn pottery, to learn watercolour painting, or maybe learn to surf?
Trying something new is an immediate way in which to become reinvigorated and to reignite the passion in your life.
It’s so easy for us to become complacent and paralysed in life, but there are many ways to change this. These are just a few ideas that I’ve used when I feel stuck in a rut. Maybe you’ve got some better ideas.
If you have some other amazing ways to enjoy life again, please share them in the comments.
Allow me to clarify some terms…
*Shiny Object Syndrome – The tendency for someone to get distracted by new thoughts and ideas, their own and others, and never focus or complete anything. This loss of focus could cost you hundreds of hours a year in lost productivity and lost hours.
*Page-Sucking – Devouring any and all posts on Facebook (or your social media of choice) for no real reason, except to waste time or avoid certain tasks.